Order Up Your Own (Pre)Fab Wine Country GetawayAuthor:Annette Hanami
Sitting high above the Sonoma Valley with a million dollar view on an exclusive private estate is a jewel box of a prefab home, designed and built by Connect Homes. At an open house last weekend, Connect Homes showed that these affordable prefab homes are more versatile and stylish than ever before. Ma(i)sonry of Yountville staged the brand-new home with furnishings and works by Bay Area artists to give the spaces a modern Wine Country look.
Connect Homes co-founder Gordon Stott said they made about 100 customizations in the 1,600 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bath Connect 5 (module) home, including modifications to the layout, lighting, appliances and fixtures. The owner traded the formal entrance for more interior space, but generous access from decks on three sides of the home is just as inviting for this casual country residence. Another wine country essential was a dedicated pantry for those special wines and artisanal foods.
The small home feels expansive with sliding glass doors uniting the indoors with the mountainside, while the decks expand living space. Inside, the floor plan is open but well-defined. Serious architects first, founders Stott and Jared Levy honed their skills for modern design while at Marmol Radziner. Stott estimates the current cost to deliver and install one of their Connect Homes is about $190 per square foot.
Interior space is maximized with storage, such as in the 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 foot square, multi-functional kitchen island. The reflective counter, made from 100% recycled bottle glass by IceStone in Brooklyn, is set off by this whimsical ceramic sculpture by Robert Kvenild. Off to the side are Sonata 2 & 3 red nesting tables by Lucia Eames.
I love how Ma(i)sonry designer Meredith Rebolledo used primary colors in the décor to pop against the white canvas of the home. The dining room set features vintage chairs and an Italian chrome table topped with a 50s style spoke basket by sculptor Mikey Kelly. The sustainable bamboo floors are standard.
The fully-equipped master bath includes a shower stall and a deep soaking tub. Low flow faucets and showerheads are standard in the green home.
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